Melinda Michielsen Evans

April 1, 1971March 13, 2013

Melinda Michielsen Evans, formerly of Rome, GA, passed away March 13, 2013 at the Hospital in Santo Domingo after a brief illness.

Melinda Michielsen Evans was born in Rome, GA at Floyd Hospital on April 1, 1971 to Louise Free Michielsen and J. L. Michielsen. She was a graduate from Armuchee High School in 1989. She married David William Evans, son of Sam and Jean Evans of Rome, August 18, 1990 at the First Baptist Church of Rome. At the time of her death, she was serving as a missionary in the Dominican Republic with her family.

She is survived by her husband David and seven children: Jackson Cooper Evans and his wife Erin of Antigua, Guatemala where they are missionaries with YWAM, Jacob Wesley Evans, Denver, CO, Grayson Elizabeth Evans, Sarah Joy Evans, Tyler Isaac Evans, Elisha “Eli” Samuel Yu Evans, and Naomi Rose Yu Evans of the Dominican Republic. She is also survived by her mother, Louise Michielsen and a brother Wesley Lewis Michielsen of Dacula, Ga.

Melinda was best known for her loving spirit, her tremendous love for David and their children, her enduring love for her Mother, her great zest for life, and her unending faith in God. She grew up in the First Baptist Church of Rome where she learned about Missions in Mission Friends, the GAs and Acteens. This planted a seed that led to the mission work that she and David felt God led them to do. As a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rome she grew in her abiding love of Jesus Christ her Savior and was nurtured by loving church friends and her Pastor Rev. Jeff Chadwick.

Melinda had many talents. She sculptured and made beautiful pieces of pottery on her very own pottery wheel and painted portraits of the children along with seasonal scenes. Some of her other hobbies included crocheting, quilting and scrap booking. She will be remembered for her loving heart, her sweet spirit and kindness to others. Her spiritual devotion, trust and faith have been present in all of her relationships and Life’s work.

A memorial service honoring the life of Melinda Michielsen Evans was held at the First Presbyterian Church at 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 21. The body will lie in state in the sanctuary of the church from 2:30 pm until time for the service. Following the service, the family will greet friends in King Hall. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made for the Evans family at Food for the Hungry:


  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 21, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Steven Van Brugge

April 10, 2013

David and family. We'd like to send our sincere condolences with the loss of your dear wife and mother. Although we only had time to get to know each other for three weeks, we haven't forgotten the love that shone in your family. Melinda was an inspirational leader, who was full of compassion. My wife has fond memories of being in her prayer group. In our prayer group, we shared personal struggles, and tried to encourage one another. Now, although at other ends of the world, that prayer group may continue. We hope and pray that the Lord will comfort, as He alone is able to comfort. May the Lord give you strength and wisdom for the future. Matthew 11:28

Kevin Bailey

April 10, 2013

My heart and prayers go out to your family as well as Wesley and Louise.

Shawn Doud

March 27, 2013

David and Family,

We are grieving with you as your extended Food for the Hungry family. We're praying for you and asking for peace and strength and every need to be supplied to you with all comfort. Grace and peace, Shawn Doud

Shawn Crook

March 26, 2013

David, I am so sorry to hear of your familys loss. Melinda I always remeber as being sweet,gentle loving mother with a huge heart. I pray for your family to find peace and understanding knowing she is in ther arms of her father, lord and savior.I am truly sorry old friend.

Heather Hicks

March 25, 2013

Our hearts grief with you. Melinda and each member of the family have touched the FH family so profoundly. We are deeply grateful for the faith and love of God that your lives has radiated to all who you came in contact with in your work in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. We continue to pray for each of you every day!

Tomi McCullers

March 25, 2013

David and children, Louise & Wesley Michielsen~
Our hearts miss our dear Melinda. She was a light for our world and will be missed. We pray for His guidance during the days ahead for you. She was a planter of God's word - hold close her teachings of HIS Love. God Bless and guide you. Love,

Greg Parham

March 25, 2013

Louise, Wesley, David and Family:
Words simply do not explain how Terra and I feel about your loss. From what I have read in recent posts, Melinda was an extraordinary woman, whose love for Jesus was readily apparent. You are in our prayers. May God bless you even in this tragic circumstance.

Cynthia Long

March 25, 2013

U r now at an everlasting rest with Jesus .U will be greatly missed .

Donna Knight Robertson

March 24, 2013

Wesley and Family, My heart breaks for you at the loss of Melinda. I am praying for you all. Much love,

David Hall

March 22, 2013

David and family - We are so saddened by the loss of Melinda. My mother would always keep me updated on your mission work. She was so proud of your commitment to the lord and the work you do. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. "For if we believe that Jesus died & rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him". 1 Thessalonians 4:14. - David, Janet, Thomas & Tanner Hall